DHS Secretly Allowed Suspects with Terror Ties Into Country

 

U.S. Homeland Security police officers / AP

U.S. Homeland Security police officers / AP

BY: Adam Kredo:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretly assembled a terrorist “hands off” list that permitted individuals with terrorist ties unfettered entrance into the United States, according to document released by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).

The existence of a “hands off” list that permitted easy entrance for suspect individuals into the United States has drawn concern from Grassley, who released a cache of internal DHS emails detailing the list’s existence and discussion about permitting an alleged member of the Muslim Brotherhood to enter the United States.

The emails—sent between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—reveal a row over the admittance of one alleged Muslim Brotherhood official tied to Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terror groups.

While the individual in question is not named in the heavily redacted emails, the Washington Free Beacon has learned that the person referenced is Jamal Badawi, a Canadian Islamist leader who has praised suicide bombing and is close to Hamas and Hezbollah.

Additionally, the emails reveal a larger campaign by DHS and its former head Janet Napolitano to purge internal records of hundreds of terror suspects, including Badawi, who had his records purged in December 2010.

Sources who spoke to the Free Beacon and had reviewed unredacted versions of the emails indicated that many files pertaining to foreign terror suspects may have been purged by DHS. The sources said congressional investigators are currently looking into the matter.

The emails between ICE and CBP that were released by Grassley show confusion as to why Badawi was being permitted entrance into the United States.

“I’m puzzled how someone could be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, be an associate of [redacted], say that the U.S. is staging car bombings in Iraq and that [it] is ok for men to beat their wives, question who was behind the 9/11 attacks, and be afforded the luxury of a visitor visa and de-watchlisted,” one official wrote in the May 2012 emails released by Grassley.

“It doesn’t appear that we’ll be successful with denying him entry tomorrow but maybe we could re-evaluate the matter in the future since the decision to de-watchlist him was made 17 months ago,” the email states.

One of the unnamed officials goes on to state: “Based on a review of the statements of the subject, I think it is clear that he [Badawi] meets the definition of endorsing and inciting.”

Grassley, in his initial letter to DHS on the matter, asked that officials explain why Badawi was removed from the terror watch list and to “describe the nature, extent, and reasons for the involvement of the DHS secretary or her staff in the removal of the individual from the watchlist.”

Read more at Free Beacon

ISNA Official’s U.S. Visits Draw Senator’s Attention

MPAC’s Safe Spaces: the Trojan Horse Continues

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By 
culturaljihad:

Safe spaces are needed so that government informants and extremist recruiters are prevented from violating the sanctity of the mosque.
Salam Al-Marayati, president of the MPAC

Frank Gaffney recently wrote Unsafe Spaces: Islamist Mosques,  highlighting what he described as the contempt Islamists have for the United States and the roles many American mosques have for Islamist jihadists.   Coming on the 1st year anniversary of the  Boston Bombing, Mr. Gaffney’s article notes the roll out of the Safe Spaces Initiative“,  a program being pushed by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

The campaign/program’s premise: in order to keep America safe, the Muslim community needs to take a proactive approach to identify and intervene “individuals who may be susceptible to violent extremism.”    At first glance, this seems, well … almost patriotic.

The about page of the program’s website continues with this highlight:

MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative seeks to help communities create spiritual safe spaces for open dialogue and debate while also providing physical safe spaces by helping mosque and community leaders deal with any misguided individuals.

… and the actual motivation behind the “Safe Spaces” reference begins to come into focus -  to create “safe spaces for open dialogue and debate“. In other words, locations where Muslims can discuss matters without fear of being monitored by law enforcement, no matter the subject matter.  As confirmation, here’s an excerpt from an article written by Salam Al-Marayati, president of the MPAC:

Safe spaces are created for everyone entering our mosques to be able to have difficult conversations. People need to feel comfortable discussing politics or persecution of Muslims in places such as Palestine or Kashmir or drone attacks that harm the innocent in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Safe spaces are needed so that government informants and extremist recruiters are prevented from violating the sanctity of the mosque. In essence, we want to enhance both a spiritual safety and public safety.

To further understand the impetus behind the campaign, we just need to look at the agendas of the supporters.  The Safe Spaces website includes several videos, the first of which is titled, “Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities” (2013) featuring:

  • Rabia Chaudry – Founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative, a training program for law enforcement and American Muslim communities. Former president of Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) and former CAIR spokesperson.  She also has written in defense of CAIR.
  • Mohamed Elibiary – Founder of Lone Star Intelligence, LLC and listed as a Senior Fellow with the Homeland Security Advisory Council.  He was named in a PJ Media story by Patrick Poole for leaking sensitive intelligence reports to the media to push an islamaphobia story to the media.  The Dallas Morning News reported that in a letter, Elibiary defended the very anti-American and early Muslim Brotherhood leader/Islamic theorist Sayyid Qutb, stating: “I’d recommend everyone read Qutb, but read him with an eye to improving America not just to be jealous with malice in our hearts.”
  • Imam Suhaib Webb – currently with the Boston Islamic Society, Webb has very strong ties with the Muslim American Society (MAS)
  • Rashad Hussein – appointed U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation by President Obama, he has past ties with a number of MB organizations and called the  prosecution of terrorist financier Sami Al-Arian as being politically motivated.  He was one of six people named in a December 22, 2012 Egyptian magazine article that were Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy.  The article also named Mohammed Elibiary.

The second video, “Injustice Cannot Defeat Injustice” (2010) features appearances by:

  • Imam Suhaib Webb – see first video
  • Dr. Maher Hathout – founder and director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and co-founded the Islamic Center of Southern California.  His public statements have included support for Hezbollah terrorist acts.   He is also reported to be a member of the  Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood.  This 2010 video shows CA Law Enforcement officials giving tribute to the ISCSC
  • Ihsan Bagby – A professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, he is also General Secretary of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA).  Bagby is a member of several U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Fiqh Council of North America, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).  In March of this year, the The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) reported that these groups of US Muslim organizations, will be part of formation of the newUS Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).
  • Iman Mohamed Magid – President of the Islamic Society of North America, and Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS).  He was appointed in 2011 by President Obama to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.  According to a 2012 PJ Media article by Patrick Poole, “Mohamed Magid is the Obama administration’s go-to guy for Muslim outreach and advise on international affairs and counterterrorism. ”  Magid was also instrumental in having DHS erase from the  “Countering Violent Extremism” curriculum, any suggestion that Muslim terrorism drew its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam.
  • Iman Zaid Shakirs- A frequent speaker at CAIR,ISNA and MSA events.  According to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Shakirs, “… defends terrorist groups such as Hizballah and hopes for a day in which America is a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law” and he suggests that Zionists and the FBI were behind the 1993 Trade Center bombings.
  • Jamal Badawi – as noted by the GMBDW, Badawi is the leader in many of the most important Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations.  A  founding member of the Muslim American Society (MAS),  a 2004 Chicago Tribune story identified MAS as the Brotherhood’s U.S. organization.

*in watching this video, take note of the focus of Muslim “victimization”, especially after the 41 min mark.

The author of the “Safe Spaces Tool Kit” is Alejandro J. Beutel – the lead face in MPAC’s organized effort to move U.S. law enforcement towards a community oriented policing model that effectively allows the Muslim community to control the direction taken.   Mr. Beutel was a critic of theNYPD surveillance program that targeted New York City area mosques – the program was stopped this month.

In addition to working with MPAC, Mr. Beutel’s work history includes the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and he was a junior fellow with the Minaret of Freedom Institute.  ISPU is basically a Muslim special interest group.  According to the GMBDW, “The Minaret of Freedom Institute [is] a lesser known group tied to the U.S Brotherhood and whose leadership includes Omar Altalib, likely a relative of Hisham Altalib, one of the original leaders of IIIT and the SAAR Foundation“.

In April 2010, MPAC published an expanded version of a preliminary November 2009 report,  Building Bridges to Strengthen America: Forging an Effective Counterterrorism Enterprise between Muslim Americans & Law Enforcement.   The author was Alejandro J. Beutel and the MPAC website describes it as:

“… outline a “blueprint” for how Muslim American communities – from a Muslim American perspective – can be an asset to national security. At the same time, this report also provides practical recommendations for law enforcement to uphold civil liberties while maintaining their effectiveness.”

In November 2010, Marylin Stern published a report analyzing  “Building Bridges” and MPAC’s related efforts,calling them a “Trojan horse” with a goal to negatively influence U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies operations.  Her report reads:

Like the Trojan horse of ancient Troy, MPAC provides cover for jihadists by obscuring the subversive agenda of Islamists like Maher Hathout, Salam al-Marayati, ISNA and CAIR. Upon closer examination, research supports the thesis that contrary to MPAC’s claim to uphold civil liberties, MPAC has exhibited a consistent hostility towards U.S. law enforcement to undermine effective counterterrorism initiatives by placing themselves between the Muslim community and law enforcement. Examples in this research paper have been supported by objective documentation, historical facts, and quotations from original sources to support the following:

1. MPAC’s deceptive propaganda as a civil liberties organization is a facade to subvert U.S. law enforcement in order to further the global Muslim Brotherhood goals to destroy the West from within.

2. MPAC is waging an influence operation to infiltrate and subvert U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies as evidenced by their self-designation as the only voice for the Muslim community.

3. Law enforcement needs to be better educated and informed of the historical philosophy, tactics and strategies of the Muslim Brotherhood in America in order to establish benchmarks identifying and marginalizing front group operations. MPAC’s report, Building Bridges to Strengthen America, Forging an Effective Counterterrorism Enterprise between Muslim Americans & Law Enforcement, does not support MPAC’s claim to be a “trusted resource for decision makers in government, media and policy institutions.” Law enforcement should carry out due diligence before “going a bridge too far.”

Now four years later,  The Safe Spaces initiative expands on MPAC’s “Building Bridges” adding several dangerous concepts:

  • A system where the mosque/Muslim community makes the determination of  threat levels and when law enforcement is allowed to be involved.
  • Establishing a Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the local community for special handling of Muslims (report page 75)
  • Providing for an area that is off-limits to law enforcement unless the Muslim community grants permission (report page 47)
  • Introducing the term “Takfirism” as the politically correct replacement for “violent jihad”, “Islamic terrorism”, etc. (report page 106)

 A year ago we made mention in “Boston Bombing: cue smoke and mirrors” that Muslim special interest groups would be using the Boston attack to their benefit, pointing out how following the 9/11/2001 attacks,  “Muslim activists earned influential positions on advisory boards at Justice and other government agencies promoting “sensitivity” based initiatives that gutted many anti-terror programs.

 

 

Canadian PM Blasts CAIR-Canada for Ties to Hamas

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CAIR’s ties to Hamas are fully documented. That is not slander or libel, as CAIR says. Rather, it is the truth that CAIR wants to disguise.

BY RYAN MAURO:

The Office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has responded to criticism from the Canadian affiliate of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) by pointing to its “documented ties” to the Hamas terrorist group.

The organization slammed Prime Minister Harper’s inclusion of Rabbi Daniel Korobkin of Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation in his trip to Israel because he of his complimentary remarks towards two prominent activists critical of Islamists and sharia law. CAIR labeled them “anti-Muslim” bigots.

“We will not take seriously criticism from an organization with documented ties to a terrorist organization such as Hamas,” repliedHarper’s communications director, Jason MacDonald.

CAIR was designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity that was shut down for financing Hamas. Federal prosecutors labeled CAIR an “entity” of the U.S.Muslim Brotherhood’s secret Palestine Committee, a body set up to covertly advance the Hamas agenda.

CAIR’s bid to have the label lifted failed. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that the government provided “ample” evidence linking CAIR to the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas network. For example, a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo explicitly identifies CAIR’s predecessor, the Islamic Association for Palestine, as a Brotherhood front.

The FBI officially stopped using CAIR in 2009 as a liaison to the Muslim-American community because of these Hamas links. A September 2013 Justice Department report said the policy’s objective is to “ensure that the FBI is not supporting individuals who support extremist or terrorist ideologies.”

The Canadian branch of CAIR changed its name in July to the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). Its executive director, Ihsaan Gardee, says that the comment by Harper’s office is “defamatory and libelous.”

CAIR-Canada’s name change does not absolve it of its past. Its name purposely implied it is a branch of CAIR for a good reason: It is a branch of CAIR.

NCCM says, “There was never any operating or funding relationship between CAIR.CAN and CAIR.” Its previous website said, “CAIR-CAN is a fully independent and separate organization from the Washington D.C.-based CAIR, although the two may coordinate on issues of mutual concern.”

This is a game of semantics. All of CAIR’s chapters are registered independently. This is by design. Don’t take my word for it. Look at what one of CAIR’s founders said:

“Registering an organization is easy. I can register 100 organizations in 100 cities in one day,” said CAIR founder Omar Ahmad during a secret 1993 Muslim Brotherhood meeting. It was at this meeting that the need to create CAIR was discussed.

There is plenty of documentation to prove that CAIR-CAN (now NCCM) operates as an organ of CAIR, as collected by the Point De Bascule blog.

Read more at Clarion Project

Misinterpretation or Misdirection?

702_largeBy Justin O. Smith:

On November 3, 2013, a small group of about 25 protesters from the surrounding area met in front of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, in order to protest the appearance of Dr Jamal Badawi, a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation. He is one of the founders of the Muslim American Society, a Brotherhood entity. His name is listed in a 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directory. In 1999, he justified suicide bombings. In 2009, he praised the “martyrs” of Hamas and endorsed “combative jihad” in March 2010. He is also closely linked to Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi. And it was well that we showed up, as I managed to make it inside to listen to the misdirections of Dr Badawi and his explanation that all too often the Q’uran is misinterpreted; this is the same man who minutes into his speech was mesmerizing his mostly white liberal crowd with glib, disingenuous tales of how jihad has nothing to do with “Holy War” and nowhere in the Q’uran does it command Muslims to commit “Holy War.”

Which Dr Badawi are we to believe?… The Badawi praising Hamas and endorsing “combative jihad” or the one telling us that such a thing doesn’t come from the “Holy” Q’uran.

The theme of this conference, ‘God’s Books _ Reading Scripture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam’, appeared to center immediately from the first few words of the first speaker, Sheikh Ossama Bahloul (Imam of ICM), on the frequency of misinterpretation of the Q’uran, which on the face of the argument is quite valid. Anything can be misinterpreted, and many things often are. But how can they reconcile such glaring gaps between their own words and actions, as in the example of Jamal Badawi? They can’t!

Pretty spoken words in front of a crowd of Sunday’s People means little, when with the next breath one hears of them endorsing terrorism abroad and at home. Badawi protested to the crowd that jihad had nothing to do with Holy War, after explaining that jihad was more of a personal battle, and then, in the very next sentence he stated, “Oh…but there is a type of jihad fighting (a military war) for unprovoked aggression or suppression.” And just who makes this determination, if not the imams/sheikhs and Islam’s religious leaders?

Am I misinterpreting Badawi or is he misleading and misdirecting the “dhimmis” of America….those all to willing to place America in harms way for a handful of false promise?

Bahloul and Badawi would have us believe that this clash of civilizations is just all one big misunderstanding stemming from the misinterpretation of the Q’uran by Muslims as well as non-Muslims.In order to fully understand Islam they said one must be well studied in all the verses on any particular topic, so it is seen in its historical context, as well as its entirety. Badawi later expanded on this as he differentiated between “normative” Islam and “the reason behind each revelation”, as decided by Islamic “familiar researchers”, and “interpretive” Islam, as it is practiced by cultural groups within Islam and the various Islamic nations; the same verse of the Q’uran may have several different interpretations, depending upon one’s location.

In one example, Bahloul stated that when the Q’uran says “to kill the Jew, God was talking specifically about the community in Medina.” Little good this has done the Jews across the centuries. I’ll just bet the Jews wish someone had sent out that memo to all the Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Syria over the centuries, as their property was confiscated and they were murdered by the millions; 750,000 Jews were forced from their homes in Islamic nations in 1948 alone, because of Islam’s “peaceful and tolerant” nature.

In April 2004, radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue and Hamas spiritual leader, much touted at the ICM,Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi credited Allah with providing Palestinians “human bombs,” instead of the planes,missiles and weapons that Zionists have. In addition, his Friday sermons at the Umar bin al Khattab mosque, a government sponsored mosque in Doha, have been regularly broadcast live on Qatar television.In a 2005 sermon, while speaking about notable Hamas leaders killed by Israel, Qaradawi asserted, “Their fate was paradise. They died martyrs. They met the death that every Muslim wishes for himself, which is martyrdom in the cause of God;” Qaradawi is also influential through a wide network of affiliations. In the U.S., he is the chairman (in absentia) of the Michigan based Islamic American University (IAU), a subsidiary of the Muslim American Society (MAS) , according to the MAS Website. The university aims to provide Islamic higher education, especially to converts and non-practicing Muslims, according to the IAU Web site. Qaradawi is also listed by the IAU as a faculty member.

Is Qaradawi misinterpreting his Q’uran, Allah’s and Islam’s desires for his actions, or is he simply following the true path for any and all devout Muslims, as detailed in the Q’uran?

As I watched the opening address by Ossama Bahloul and the obviously white, liberal, smiling faces in the crowd (see Dr Ron Messier’s 3/18/2011 speech at the International Institute of Islamic Thought), I realized this was pablum for their consumption. Basically he was suggesting that there exist bad and good Muslims. He wanted the crowd to believe he and his crowd are the good Muslims, when he stated: Sunni or Shia…liberal or conservative…they all use the same book. He or she can have their own translation; keep in mind this may not be the true meaning of the Holy Q’uran.”

Misinterpretation or misdirection…increasingly, we also see a number of individuals who find justifications for killing other people by identifying the U.S. and other countries as enemy countries open for war. That is something unfortunately that is inherent in Islam and Islamic scripture; Sayyid Qutb’s writings and legacy are admired by parts of the Muslim Brotherhood and found in Al Qaeda’s ideology in advocating violence against every current government and society because all are in a state of “Jahiliyyah” (Apostasy). Qutb advocated Jihad to force society to submit to God alone.  His book “Milestones” has become a manifesto for Jihadists seeking to free Muslims from Jahiliyyah and to establish “Divine Law” (Sharia) to bring about man’s submission to God, and this influence was heavily felt during the Arab Spring.

It is hard to accept the words of Dr Jamal Badawi as honest, once one learns that he has regularly engaged in terrorist support/finance activities (e.g. Holy Land Foundation conspiracy). But even more troubling was the fact that not too many Muslims felt that this event was important enough to attend, which may suggest that they don’t accept the concept either; all Muslims may not be terrorists or dangerous or bad and cruel, but we see an increasing number of people who are finding in Islamic scripture justifications for cruel behavior toward non-Muslims and even the people of their own respective societies. And, the silent Muslim majority have a hard time condemning fellow Muslims who are violent because they feel they can’t criticize the Koran, since they have all been indoctrinated with the idea the prophet Mohammad is infallible, he can do no harm, he has done no harm, he was a pure man. He’s out of bounds and that’s the predicament: As Badawi uttered, “Peace Be Upon Him”, he stated that in any difference of opinion among Muslims, one must accept Mohammed’s words as the “final interpretation”.

Open Letter to Rabbi Mark Shaftan The Temple Nashville

dawaOctober 23, 2013

Rabbi Mark Shaftan

The Temple
Congregation Ohabai Sholom
5015 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205

Dear Rabbi Shaftan:

We  understand that  you undertaking an upcoming bus trip on Sunday, October 27th to visit the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM), “A Sacred Journey of Understanding.”   You  are likely to be presented with Da’wah (proselytizing) by Imam Ossama Bahloul, who is an expert in it, trained at al Azhar University in Cairo, a bastion of Sunni Supremacism with deep connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Hassan al Banna, was an Egyptian teacher from Ismailia and an  acolyte of Adolf Hitler. The MB credo is:

“Allah is our objective, the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations”.

Hardly peaceful, as attested to by the current violence in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East on the borders of Israel.

The Peculiar case of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

In June 2009, the Boston Jewish community, Massachusetts Governor Derval Patrick and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino welcomed the opening of the $22 millionIslamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC)  allegedly built with with funds from Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.  Those allegations spurred a suit by the ISBCC in 2005, against  several plaintiffs. They  included The David Project and then  founder Dr. Charles JacobsSteve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism,The Boston Herald American and Fox News TV channel WFTX in Boston.  Jacobs went on to found Americans for Peace and Tolerance. The suit was dropped in 2007 by the ISBCC leaving the plaintiffs  to foot $2.0 million in legal defense fees.    ISBCC is controlled by the Muslim American Society (MAS), a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate.

The ISBCC sponsored a Mosque across the Charles in Cambridge. Among its attendees were the Tsarneav brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhor the perpetrators of theBoston Marathon Bombing.   Another  was Aafia Siddiqui  aka ‘Lady Al Qaeda ‘ a convicted terrorist serving a term of 86 years for being an al Qaeda courier and financier. She was  captured by US troops in Afghanistan in an attempt to kill them.  She was a Pakistani scientist and distinguished graduate of both Brandeis and MIT.   Another ISBCC attendee was an American Muslim pharmacist Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury, Massachusetts who was convicted in 2012 for providing material support for Al Qaeda and is now serving a 17.5 year term. He was involved in planning a Nairobi style mall attack in the US .  Another ISBCC attendee and colleague of deceased Tamerlan Tsarneav, was Ibragrim Todaschev. Todaschev was  killed by an FBI agent and Massachusetts state troopers in his Orlando, Florida  home in May 2013. He confessed to perpetrating, along with the late Tamerlan Tsarneav, a ritualistic murder of three men in suburban Waltham, Massachusetts on 9/11//11; two of them were fellow Jews.

Now while Massachusetts Governor Patrick warmly welcomed the ISBCC Mosque opening in 2009, their current Imam, Suhaib Webb, an American convert and former Oklahoma convicted felon, was disinvited from the ecumenical service at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston the Friday following the Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013. A substitute Imam not affiliated with the ISBCC and the Muslim Brotherhood replaced Sheik Webb at the ecumenical service.

The ISBCC has had some very problematic trustees, one of whom will appear at the ICM in a presentation  on November  3, 2013 in an Abrahamic  Religions event,“God’s Books”Jamal Badawi.

ISBCC trustee Abdulrahman Alamoudi is serving a 23 year sentence in a Federal prison convicted of being in a murder plot against the Saudi King and laundering funds for Al Qaeda. Another trustee is extremist Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian ‘spiritual leader’ Yusuf al Qaradawi. He was caught on video extolling anti-Semitic hatred during a Cairo Tahrir Square rally in February 2011 after returning from exile in Qatar. Al Qaradawi was famously quoted as saying:

“Conquest through Da’wah [proselytizing] that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through sword but through Da’wah.”

Jamal Badawi of Canada, a former trustee of the ISBCC, was named as a  un-indicted co-conspirator in the 2007- 2008  Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial in Dallas, Texas over the funneling of upwards of $35 million to Hamas, which is the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Badawi  has been an enduring trustee of the Islamic Society of North America  and CAIR. He was an attendee at the 1991 Philadelphia  Summit of the American  wing  of the Muslim Brotherhood  that  created  a master plan for subversion of America  and spawned  the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Badawi has some peculiar beliefs  including  wife beating and execution of apostates- more on that subject later.  Badawi and fellow MB operative, Nihad Awad, Executive director of CAIR will be present for the”God’s Books “ program at the ICM on November 3, 2013. You might consider returning to ask them some pointed questions during the Q+A.

Some things to know about the ICM

As you planning to take busloads of your congregants to visit the ICM here are some things you should know about its leader Imam Bahloul, Shariah versus Jewish Halacha and what the Rambam Maimonides had to say about  Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

Imam Bahloul is a distinguished graduate who holds a Masters in Da’wah – the call to Islam- from the 1,000 year old Sunni al Azhar University in Cairo. He is  a specialist in reaching out to unbelievers like you and your congregation endeavoring to  convey  a version of Islamic doctrine representing it as a religion of peace.

Given the turmoil in the Middle East doesn’t appear  to be much evidence of peace or tolerance towards non-Muslims.  Two things about the ICM and Imam Bahloul that you ought to know.  During the controversy over the building of the ICM, we found with the assistance of Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism  screen shots on the Facebook pages of a board member of the ICM, Mosaad Rawash. They  contained  tributes to leaders of Hamas, the late blind Sheik Yassin and Dr. Rantisi, both assassinated by the IDF.  Further, when we sent Imam Bahloul and the ICM board in February 2010, a Freedom Pledge abjuring Shariah death fatwas for apostates, former Muslims, he refused to acknowledge it.  When approached by a local group in Murfreesboro in the fall of 2010 to consider a similar pledge  regarding Sharia Islamic law  concerning apostasy, treatment of women and gays he once again refused an opportunity to sign it.

Now, Imam Bahloul has every right to practice his faith with his members  of the ICM under the Freedom of Worship provisions of the First Amendment.  When Ms. Deborah Lauter, director of Civil Rights of the Anti-Defamation League was asked about the ICM board member’s support for Hamas, she said it was “irrelevant”.  What was important in her view was the ICM freedom of worship and ability under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized  Persons Act of 2000 to build a mosque wherever they wanted. The ADL backed that up by filing an Amicus Brief in the Murfreesboro Chancery Court proceedings on behalf of its Interfaith Committee on Mosques.

What’s the difference between Sharia and Halacha?

Before we go further, Shariah is not the equivalent of Halacha.  It’s not. It is a total system of law controlling every aspect of Muslim life.

Rabbi Jon Hausman of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Stoughton, Massachusetts is qualified to distinguish between the two. In addition to his Orthodox ordination, he also undertook study in Arabic and Qur’an doctrine at the American University in Cairo. He reads and speaks Arabic fluently in addition to English and Hebrew. He wrote an article for our publication, the New English Review,Halacha, Sharia and the Religious Acceptance of Constitutional Governance.  Note what Rabbi Hausman said:

In theory, Sharia jurisprudence actually intended to be applicable to Muslims only. Christians [Jews] and other non-Muslims were supposed to be exempt from the provisions of the law; a provision that is not and has never been universally followed. Indigenous Christian and Jewish populations of the Middle East whose communities pre-dated the advent of Islam by centuries later were and are subjected to jizya and other punitive taxes and dissociative treatment. This is a result of their direct or indirect refusal to submit to  Islam according the Qur’an and Hadith as applied   today. Because in Islam, Religion is State and State is Religion.  Islam is political, and is determined to conquer.

Is that the hidden agenda of ICM Imam Bahloul and his board despite their Abrahamic Faith narrative?

What did  Maimonides  warn Jews  about the Prophet Mohammed and Islam?

I’m sure  during your  rabbinic training  you read the  commentaries of Maimonides. Perhaps you may be acquainted  with his Epistle to fellow Jews in Yemen written  in 1172 C.E. to Jacob ben Netan’el al-Fayyemi, who headed the Jewish community in Yemen:

“After him arose the Madman [ha-meshugga] who emulated his precursor since he paved the way for him. But he added the further objective of procuring rule and submission, and he invented his well known religion.”

Then there is this additional comment from the  Maimonides’  Iggeret Teiman:

“Remember, my co-religionists, that on account of the vast number of our sins, G-d has hurled us in the midst of this people, the Arabs, who have persecuted us severely, and passed baneful and discriminatory legislation against us [...] Never did a nation molest, degrade, debase and hate us as much as they. Therefore when David, of blessed memory, inspired by the holy spirit, envisaged the future tribulations of Israel, he bewailed and lamented their lot only in the Kingdom of Ishmael, and prayed in their behalf, for their deliverance, as is implied in the verse, “Woe is me that I sojourn with Meschech that I dwell beside the tents of Kedar.” (Psalms 120:5).

Maimonides fled his native Cordoba during the era of the fanatic Berber Almohads who stormed across the Straits of Gibraltar to take over Al Andaluz in Muslim occupied Spain. The Almohads perpetrated some of the more heinous pogroms of Spanish Jewry. Thus, the myth of ” la convivencia ” that  medievalists  on the faculties of the Jewish Theological Seminary and your own Hebrew Union  Seminary have perpetrated is a dangerous historical delusion. After all the Alhambra predated the Almohad occupation of Spain. Maimonides had no such delusions. Neither should you.

Remember the Firebombing of your rabbinic colleague in Nashville?

A final note about the  problematic Jewish  Muslim community relations  in Nashville.   A homegrown terrorists that impacted Tennessee was the unfortunate case of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, formerly Melvin Bledsoe. Bledsoe was a Muslim convert from Memphis who killed an Army recruiter Pvt. Andy Long  in June 2009 at a Little Rock, Arkansas Mall as payback for fighting his brothers in the Muslim Ummah in Iraq and Afghanistan. Muhammad was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in July 2011. You may recall that Bledsoe/Muhammad had firebombed the home of an Orthodox member of the Nashville rabbinate, Rabbi Saul Strosberg of Sherith Israel in an attempt to kill Jews.

Then there was the incident captured on video at Vanderbilt U in a Q+A session with  Dr. Ahwad Binhazim , part time Muslim chaplain who responded to a question about treatment of gays under Shariah:

Question:  Under Islamic law is it punishable by death if you are a homosexual?”
Binhazim said, “Yes. It is punishable by death.”

We  hope this letter might  equip you for your announced trip with your congregants  to the ICM this Sunday.

 

Jerry Gordon

Senior Editor

New English Review

And author of The West Speaks

Civilization Jihad in Tennessee

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Gates of Vienna, by Baron Bodissey:

As reported here yesterday, Christian and Jewish groups in the Nashville area have lent their support to a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that doesn’t bother trying to hide its connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Today the Tennessee Council for Political Justice sent out a follow-up report with additional information about Jamal Badawi, who will be featured at an “interfaith” event at the mosque next month:

No Denying that Badawi is Muslim Brotherhood

Jamal Badawi is referred to by name on page 12 of the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America. Jamal Badawi is part of that “group”:

“We have a seed for a ‘comprehensive Dawa’ educational’ organization: We have the Daw’a section in ISNA + Dr. Jamal Badawi Foundation + the center run by brother Hamed al-Ghazali…”

“The big challenge that is ahead of us is how to turn these seeds or ‘scattered’ elements into comprehensive stable, ‘settled’ organizations that are connected with our Movement and which fly in our orbit and take orders from our guidance. This does not prevent — but calls for — each central organization to have its local branches but its connection with the Islamic center in the city is a must.”

Hamed al-Ghazali was hired by Pleasant View School — the Islamic school in Memphis as “the new consultant for PVS Islamic Studies, Quran & Arabic. He also serves as Chairman of MAS [Muslim American Society] Council of Islamic Schools (MASCIS) and as a superintendent/consultant for several Islamic schools in the USA.

All the better to advance the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology and goal of turning the U.S. into a Muslim nation ruled by sharia law.

This document was discovered during an FBI search of the home of one of the founders of a Virginia mosque. The document was subsequently introduced into evidence during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution.

This is the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to “settle” Islam in North America or in their words, commit a “civilization jihad.”

This is the same Muslim Brotherhood that was banned in Egypt, reemerged with Mohammed Morsi’s election and quickly moved to bring Egypt under the rule of sharia. That is, make Egypt the Islamic state envisioned by the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna.

The challenges and timeline in the U.S. may be different, but the Muslim Brotherhood’s endgame here is the same. Read the plan — it is all there and it is well underway here.

The connections have been made with the Islamic Center of Nashville, The Islamic Center of Tennessee, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and the mosques and school in Memphis. The Nashville Jewish and Christian leadership are doing all they can to settle the Muslim Brotherhood even deeper in Tennessee.

These leaders have lost their moral compasses.

Revealing video of Canada-based muslim strategist on how the world is being conquered for islam: (H/T Vlad Tepes)

 

 

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RECOMMENDED READING: “New Name Chosen By CAIR-CAN Helps Cover Its Links With Washington-based / Hamas-linked CAIR”

By gmbwatch:

The Point de Bascule blog has posted an exhaustive analysis documenting the clear and unambiguous relationship between the the US and Canadian branches of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a relationship recently denied by CAIR-Canada. The report begins:

logoOn July 6, 2013, CAIR-CAN issued a press release announcing that the organization will now be known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (Conseil national des musulmans canadiens in French).

Removing all allusions to CAIR in its name helps the newly renamed Council cover its links with the Washington-based / Hamas-linked organization. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded in 1994 by three leaders of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), a Hamas front in the United States at the time.

According to its charter (article 2), Hamas is the branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza. In recent years (2008 – 2011 – 2012), its leaders have confirmed that the destruction of Israel is only a part of its program that aims at imposing Islam to the whole planet. In 2011, for example, Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said on TV that Western civilization ‘will not be able to withstand the great and glorious Islam.’

IAP appears in an annex of a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood’s internal memorandum listing the organizations associated with the Brotherhood in the United States. It is #22 on the list.

This memorandum was seized by police and produced for evidentiary purposes in two Holy Land Foundation trials that took place in the U.S. in 2007 and 2008. These trials led to the convictions of all leaders accused of terrorism financing.

At point 4 of the memorandum, the goal pursued by IAP and the other organizations belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood network in North America is described in no uncertain terms:

The Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions… It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.’

At point 20 of this declaration of war, Jamal Badawi, is identified as a Muslim Brotherhood leader in North America. Badawi has been on CAIR-CAN’s board of administrators at least since 2004. On May 28, 2013, he was still listed on the organization’s board. Badawi is based in Halifax. He is also on the board of many other Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations in Canada and in the United States.

In a 2004 text, Jamal Badawi wrote about the Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna (1906-1949) that ‘he has epitomized twentieth century Islamic thought and ideology.’ Al-Banna’s ideas are summarized in his 50-point manifesto. In it, al-Banna urged his supporters to abolish political parties and replace them by a single party system, he favoured the modification of laws so that they conform to sharia, he called for the multiplication of associations dedicated to promoting the spirit of jihad amongst the youth, etc.

Read the rest here.

Last month, the GMBDW reported that the Canadian Branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) had announced that it had renamed itself as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) as well as having changed its logo.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time.  Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR.  In 2009, a US federal judge ruled ”The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas. CAIR and it leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders.

The most important leader of CAIR-Canada has been Jamal Badawi, also a leader in many of the most important Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR Canada), the Fiqh Council of North America, the Muslim American Society (MAS), the European Council for Fatwa and Research and the International Union of Muslim Scholars.  Documents released during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial indicate that Dr. Badawi was (and probably still is) a member of the leadership structure of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

The Point de Bascule blog has also published a history of the legal battle between CAIR and ISNA to get the acronym CAIR as trade-mark in Canada.

CAIR Canada Hides Behind a Name Change

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To distance itself from the reputation of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, CAIR’s Canada branch changes its name.

BY RYAN MAURO:

The Council on American Islamic Relations-Canada (CAIR-CAN) has changed its name to the National Council of Canadian Muslims, hoping to distance itself from the reputation of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhoodentity. It actually wants you to believe that CAIR-Canada isn’t connected to CAIR.

CAIR-CA made the announcement on July 6. It claims “there was never any operating or funding relationship between CAIR.CAN and CAIR.” The website is being reconstructed, but its previous one was a little less definitive about the relationship.

“CAIR-CAN is a fully independent and separate organization from the Washington D.C.-based CAIR, although the two may coordinate on issues of mutual concern,” it said.

Obviously, the Canadian branch wouldn’t share CAIR’s name if it wasn’t part of the same infrastructure. CAIR’s individual chapters are registered separately from CAIR-National, and CAIR-CAN is no different.

CAIR founder Omar Ahmad was wiretapped at a secret U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993. He said, “Registering an organization is easy. I can register 100 organizations in 100 cities in one day.” This was in the context of a discussion about creating new groups with the same overall agenda.

An Islamist named Jamal Badawi sits on CAIR-CAN’s Board of Directors. His name appears in a 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhooddirectory.

Read more at The Clarion Project

Obama Official to Share Stage With Three Islamists

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By Ryan Mauro:

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim Brotherhood entity, has announced that the U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Rashad Hussain, will be speaking at its banquet in Dallas on June 15. Hussain will share the stage with at least three Islamists with a record of incendiary rhetoric.

Hussain is the Obama Administration’s liaison to the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of Muslim countries that lobbies for the outlawing of “defamation” of religions. The event he is speaking at is ISNA’s South Central Conference, even though the group was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history. U.S. Muslim Brotherhood documents identify ISNA as one of its fronts.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Jamal Badawi. He is listed as an unindicted co-conspirator because he was a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was shut down for financing Hamas. His name is listed in a 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood phone directory.

In 1999, Badawi justified suicide bombings. Ten years later, he praised the “martyrs” of Hamas and in March 2010, he endorsed “combative jihad.” He is also closely linked to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi.

According to the program, he will be teaching about Sharia and speaking on a panel themed, “Fostering Healthy Environment for Muslim Families.” He’s a peculiar choice for the panel, because an article titled “Does Islam Allow Wife-Beating?” quotes him and a former ISNA president. Badawi says a “gentle tap on the body, but never on the face” is permissible when “a wife persists in bad habits and showing contempt of her husband and disregard for her marital obligations.”

Read more at The Clarion Project

 

New! From ACT For America Education: Muslim Brotherhood Expose’

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From ACT For America Education:

Who is ISNA? MPAC? The Islamic Shura Council? MAS? ICNA?

Who is Muzammil Siddiqi? Jamal Badawi? Parvez Ahmed? Dalia Mogahed?

What does the Muslim Brotherhood explanatory memorandum for North America say about “civilization jihad” against the West?

Find out this and more by visiting the ACT! for America Education expose’

Unmasking the Muslim Brotherhood in America

You’ll learn about the background of these organizations…how they’re interconnected…who the leaders are…and their views and quotes they don’t want Americans to know about!

CAIR Protests Saudi Radical’s Exclusion From U.S.

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The head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) vows to complain to U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials after they blocked a radical Saudi cleric from entering the country this week to attend a national Islamist conference in Chicago.

Sheikh Ayed al-Qarni was scheduled to speak twice during the Muslim American-Society (MAS)/Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) national convention Dec. 22-25. But a statement released during the convention expressed “the unpleasant and saddening news” that al-Qarni had been removed from his flight from Saudi Arabia despite having a visa from the U.S. embassy, and that he appears to be on the U.S. “no-fly list.” Al-Qarni is described as “one of our great speakers” and as someone known “for his logical discourse and balanced views, he promotes understanding and collaboration between all people, regardless of their faith, background, or language.”

Al-Qarni has advocated jihad in the past and his preaching on the subject has been described as influential among al-Qaida followers.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad told an Arabic news outlet that he would protest al-Qarni’s exclusion with DHS and State Department officials. “We defend all Muslims who are subject to arbitrary measure, and by this logic, we will act but not formally plead, unless we obtain authorization from him.”

It’s an ironic protest to make in light of a public relations campaign orchestrated by CAIR’s Chicago chapter. “MyJihad” aims to show non-Muslims that the term jihad is more about peaceful, personal attempts at overcoming challenges than about calls for violence and terror.

Through Awad, also a listed speaker at the convention, CAIR is fighting to bring a Saudi cleric into the United States who has argued the exact opposite message. During a 2005 sermon flagged by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), al-Qarni called the jihad against American forces in Fallujah “a source of pride … downing their planes, destroying equipment, slaughtering them, taking them hostage, and proclaiming ‘Allah Akhbar’ from the mosques, and the worshippers and the preacher cursing them in their prayers, and then come others begging for forgiveness, and requesting a dialogue and a ceasefire and negotiations. Who can say even one word against this true Jihad against these colonialist occupiers?” [Emphasis added]

He belittled Muslims who failed to take action, including “harming the Jews.” He invoked Israel’s targeted killings of Hamas leaders Ahmed Yassin and Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, saying he prayed that Allah “will destroy the Jews and their helpers from among the Christians and the Communists, and that He will turn them into the Muslims’ spoils. I praise the Jihad, the sacrifice, and the resistance against the occupiers in Iraq. We curse them all of them every night and pray that Allah will annihilate them, tear them apart, and grant us victory over them…”

“Throats must be slit and skulls must be shattered,” al-Qarni said. “This is the path to victory, to shahada, and to sacrifice.”

This was no one-time rant.

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Jamal Badawi: Enduring Link to ISNA’s Radical Past

IPT News: 

For an organization that has tried to distance itself from its Muslim Brotherhood roots, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) continues to rely on a Muslim Brotherhood official as a key speaker at many of its events.

Jamal Badawi is scheduled to speak during three sessions at ISNA’s East Regional Conference in Tampa this weekend. Among them, “Understanding Shari’ah: Sacred Principles in Striving for the Human Development.”

Badawi, a member at large on ISNA’s governing board, is deeply rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood’s North American infrastructure, records show. He is listed on the first page of a 1992 telephone directory of Brotherhood members. He also was founding member of the Muslim American Society (MAS), identified as the Brotherhood’s U.S. arm in a 2004 Chicago Tribune story.

“Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood,” Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified in a Virginia courtroom last month. Alamoudi, once the nation’s most influential Muslim political figure, acknowledges his own Brotherhood involvement.

Brotherhood members also created ISNA in 1981 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Students’ Association.

The Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, has surged to power in recent Egyptian elections and has a global Islamic state, or Caliphate, as its ultimate goal. Its American arm cited an educational program Badawi ran in 1991 as a foundation for “dawa,” or proselytizing, in America. That same document described the Brotherhood’s work in America as “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Badawi’s comments over the years show he views Islam as superior to democracy and that he defends violent jihad, including suicide bombings, as a form of martyrdom. Such statements, in addition to his Brotherhood connections, make it difficult for ISNA to claim that it has shed its radical past and MB ties.

During a February 2009 speech on “Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom,” at the Chebucto Mosque in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Badawi explained that Gaza-based terrorists were fighting a jihad and that those who were killed were martyrs. He railed against those who criticized the terrorists or cooperated with the Israelis, saying that it was an ‘excess’ by more moderate Muslims to come out against their brothers fighting the Jewish state.

“One of those form of excesses is that noble mujahideen, those who strive in the path of Allah, who are really worthy of the term Shuhadaa – martyrs – have been attacked or accused [of being terrorists], not only by their enemies, but by those who are amongst the people who are included in the broader description of the Ummah,” he said.

“They [moderate Muslims] made this accusation, but they did not even stop at accusations, they did cooperate with the enemies of humanity, to kill their own brothers and sisters,” he added, stating that those that fought against Muslims were “sub-contracting, on behalf of the usurpers of Muslims’ land, right, and heritage.”

Badawi also explained that the Western media was guilty of hypocrisy when it referred to Gaza “martyrs” fighting the Israelis, as terrorists.

“In the Western world, however, we find that the media, which is both misled and misleading, and those who are behind that media, they continued also to falsify and distort this noble concept of martyrdom, equating it with what they call terrorism, fanaticism, violence, and so on,” he said.

The Western media readily agrees that someone who “or prefers death in defense of some value, of some cause,” that is a good thing. However, “when that choice is that of a Muslim, and he chooses death rather than weakness, rather than accepting aggression and selling their rights, no, no, no, that doesn’t apply here,” he said.

Badawi spoke again in support of Palestinian terror a year later.

“But there is one form of combative jihad that is permissible only for self-defense against unprovoked aggression or to resist severe oppression, such as people being driven from their homes like the Palestinians and dispossessed,” he said in a March 2010 speech posted to the Islamonline.net website.

In June 2006, he led an Islamonline.net dialogue session called “Martyrdom in Islam: Let’s Discuss it.” In it, he compared suicide bombers fighting oppression to “freedom fighters” fighting the Nazis or the Japanese kamikazes fighting the Americans. At a 1999 Muslim student conference held at the University of Maryland, Badawi said that “resistance” was really an act of heroism. “So when an act of heroism like that is required to save others it is self-sacrifice you cannot really call it suicide. What Islam condemns is suicide in the negative sense. That’s my understanding.”

He likened Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers to the French resistance against the Nazis and urged people not to wilt in the face of criticism of such violence.

“But what makes me really surprised is the intimidation in the media and by politicians that you people, not Arabs, not Muslims even, who know of this hypocrisy are not speaking up for fear of being branded as oh supporters of terrorism,” he said at the University of Maryland conference. This is childish. This is childish. This we should not support terrorism by victimizing the innocent people but we should support freedom fighters anywhere who have been wronged.”

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IPT Exclusive: Under Oath, Alamoudi Ties MAS To Brotherhood

IPT News:

The Muslim American Society(MAS) was created as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, and continues to serve that function today, a man who once was one of the most influential Muslim political leaders testified in a Virginia courtroom Wednesday.

“Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood,” Abdurrahman Alamoudi told federal investigators in a January interview from a federal correctional facility. On the witness stand, Alamoudi claimed not to remember everything he said, but accepted that he had made the statement after government lawyers showed him records of the interview.

Alamoudi promised “to testify truthfully and completely at any grand juries, trials or other proceedings in the United States” as part of a 2004 guilty plea. He admitted engaging in illegal transactions with Libya and facilitating a Libyan plot to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.

His testimony Wednesday came as part of a civil suit brought by against the government demanding he be naturalized as an American citizen. His application was denied after officials learned he lied about being associated with the Muslim American Society, failing to disclose the association on his naturalization application. In a subsequent interview, an immigration official further pressed him to reveal his connection to MAS or the Brotherhood, but he repeatedly denied ties to each.

Alamoudi, who had signed a work visa for Abusamhadaneh, was the original source for information about the plaintiff’s Brotherhood ties. Abusamhadaneh claims he was following the advice of his attorney at the time, Ashraf Nubani, who told him affiliations with religious organizations do not need to be disclosed to the government. He also says he never was a dues paying MAS member, although he acknowledges attending many of the organization’s events.

Nubani testified that neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor MAS were political organizations, so he didn’t think his client had any reason to disclose such ties, were they to exist. Rather, he claimed that both organizations were simply non-violent religious organizations that believed “Islam should not be confined to one aspect of life” and “in Islam church and state aren’t separate.”

Alamoudi at times appeared reluctant to answer questions during his testimony, despite his cooperation pledge. Last summer, a judge reduced his 23-year prison sentence by six years, apparently due to cooperation Alamoudi previously provided. Court papers related to that sentencing reduction remain under seal.

He nodded and waved at members of the Muslim community in the courtroom gallery who were supporting Abusamhadaneh. As he left the courtroom, he called out “As-Salaam Aleikum,” or “Peace be unto you.” Some in the gallery responded, “Wa-Alaikum-Salaam,” or “Wa-Alaikum-Salaam.”

His disclosure about MAS is not new. Some MAS officials admitted as much in a 2004 Chicago Tribune article. And prosecutors wrote in 2008 that “MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”

In the Hamas-support prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, investigators found a telephone book listing the names and numbers of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the United States. “Members of the Board of Directors” appeared on the first page with 15 names. Among those names are Ahmad Elkadi, Jamal Badawi, and Omar Soubani: MAS’s founding incorporators.

But Alamoudi’s testimony is significant because he acknowledges being part of the Brotherhood and was active when MAS was formed in 1993. In addition, MAS officials have claimed that they may have had roots in the Brotherhood, but those dissipated over time.

It is believed to be his first courtroom testimony since promising to cooperate, although he was brought to Tampa in 2005 during the prosecution of Palestinian Islamic Jihad board member Sami Al-Arian. Alamoudi was not called during the case.

Read the rest…